First Trailer for BLUE JASMINE

I've never been a huge Woody Allen fan, but then again I haven't really bothered to get to know his body of work all that well either, so I could possibly be I guess. I really became more aware of the writer/dierctor in 2011 when I was taken completely by surprise with his wonderful Midnight in Paris. I'd seen Match Point my senior year of high school have since seen a few more of his yearly efforts. I knew going into Paris it was an Allen film, but was mainly there for the fact it was Owen Wilson and the storyline pertained to classic literary and other artistic figures. As it went, that turned out to be one of my favorite films of that year and so I was very much looking forward to the continued efforts of the aging filmmaker. His To Rome With Love was fine enough, but certainly not the worthy successor Midnight deserved, but his latest, Blue Jasmine looks as if it might have that potential. Alec Baldwin again appears here, this time as a white collar criminal who wines and dines Cate Blanchett only to leave her penniless. The trailer gives a distinct Allen vibe as it is dialogue-heavy and sets up several dynamics between what seem like some pretty interesting characters. Not to mention Allen has rounded up a rather eclectic cast here as Blanchett's Jasmine goes from being a New York housewife (Allen's safety zone) to living with her sister (Sally Hawkins of Happy Go Lucky) in San Francisco. The ensemble cast looks to provide plenty of Allen's typical comedy while the conflict of the lead character in the middle of a kind of identity/emotional crisis seems to have provided Blanchett a nice platform to deliver another great performance. I'm not usually excited for the next Woody Allen film as much as I'm willing to give it a shot, but this one has captured my attention and I'm genuinely looking forward to what it has to offer. Blue Jasmine also stars Louis C.K., Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Stuhlbarg, Andrew Dice Clay and Bobby Cannavale and opens in limited release on July 26th.  
Hit the jump to check out the trailer.